EAST LANSING – Anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts plague Michigan State students at a higher rate compared to other universities, according to a new report from Keeling and Associates. But while thousands of Spartans suffer, the campus counseling center remains “critically” understaffed. Music education major, Shannon Moore, knows this first-hand. “I’ve always been a really anxious person,” said Moore. “My professor suggested that I go to the Counseling Center, but when I got there, [the counselor] was like ‘Oh, well, I won’t be able to see you for another couple of weeks.’
Women students at Michigan State University are nearly two times as likely to experience anxiety than men, according to the 2016 State of Spartan Health survey. The survey, administered by Dennis Martell, health education services coordinator at Olin Health Center, is conducted every two years as a part of the National College Health Assessment. It covers sexual and mental health; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; weight, nutrition and exercise; and personal safety and violence. Of the thousand students surveyed at Michigan State University, almost 26 percent of women reported having anxiety, compared to 16 percent of men. Nationally, 22 percent of women and 19 percent of men reported having anxiety in 2015.
By Madison Morse
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
Imagine not being able to use your legs or living in a state of anxiety that could lead to a panic attack at any moment. These are just some of the struggles students are having to face every single day. However, Grand Ledge Public Schools is on a mission to help these students by offering personalized amenities to their school system. According to Hayes Middle School Principal Mike Johnson, Grand Ledge has and will continue to make any necessary building changes to provide to those who need physical assistance. “We have added hands-free doors, handicapped spaces and in the last few years it was realized that we needed to construct cut-outs to the ends of sidewalks so any student in a wheelchair would be able to access the sidewalks as well,” Johnson said.
By CAITLIN McARTHUR
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan is having a hard time figuring out how to assess its grade-school students. Beginning in March, third through eighth and 11th graders will take the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP — the third version of the statewide assessment in as many years. And the Michigan Department of Education says this test is just a stopgap, to be replaced next year. The testing confusion is part of the controversy surrounding the Common Core State Standards, a voluntary set of national standards developed cooperatively by state governments and implemented in 46 states, including Michigan, which adopted them in 2010. Many experts say the Common Core places a welcome value on critical thinking skills.